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44 Ratings
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Score 7.5 out of 100

Episerver CMS

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Score 6.7 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Acquia is well-suited for any Drupal web platform. I think it best plays in the enterprise space, either for B2B or nonprofit/higher ed/government. Acquia is a great solution for smaller web platforms, as well, but the price is typically prohibitive in these scenarios.
Zach Ettelman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Episerver CMS

Episerver CMS provides a very well rounded system that will meet the needs of most businesses, in my experience. The biggest draw-back that I've seen with the underlying system is the response time in the back-end. Being on the digital experience cloud allows you to spread the load between services, but our experience has shown, even with a distributed network, the response time on the back-end can prove time-consuming and have delays in loading for content writers/editors. If there's a lot of hands-on, constantly, you will need to make sure the architecture has the response time your team needs.
Sean Haddy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
7.9
Episerver CMS
7.7
Role-based user permissions
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
7.9
Episerver CMS
7.7

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Episerver CMS
5.9
API
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Episerver CMS
5.6
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Episerver CMS
6.3

Web Content Creation

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.5
Episerver CMS
5.4
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
10.0
Episerver CMS
7.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Episerver CMS
5.4
Admin section
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Episerver CMS
6.3
Page templates
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Episerver CMS
4.0
Library of website themes
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Episerver CMS
3.6
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Episerver CMS
5.2
Publishing workflow
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Episerver CMS
7.0
Form generator
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
6.0
Episerver CMS
5.0

Web Content Management

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.4
Episerver CMS
5.5
Content taxonomy
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Episerver CMS
6.0
SEO support
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Episerver CMS
5.4
Bulk management
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Episerver CMS
6.4
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Episerver CMS
4.4
Community / comment management
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Episerver CMS
5.2

Pros

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

  • The Acquia Cloud Hosting (enterprise) provides a three-server solution. You have a Development, Staging (or UAT), and Production servers with a clear path of deployment straight up the chain. You may use Acquia's own Cloud Hooks, or their web admin UI interface to deploy to any or all of the servers.
  • Git is one of the foundation services built-in to the management of the website codebase. Allowing a developer, or well-trained end user (university employee) to easily deploy a tag or branch to any one of the servers, makes it very easy for us to offload the server / account management to the school, while we focus on improving their site.
  • Not only does Acquia Cloud provide a multi-datacenter failover disaster recovery solution, but they also maintain a multi-region failover as well, which allows for a fully redundant enviroment to be maintained in two geographic regions. No fear of losing any database changes or form submissions from students.
  • Lastly, the onboarding process is constantly being improved, and as I have been a third-party vendor involved in many of our hosting negotiations, I have seen it firsthand. Each enterprise client is assigned a small team of engineers, technical leads, and a pseudo-project-manager to explain the process in layman's terms to the client (university / college for my example), but they also perform a number of code reviews and best-practice analysis of a site prior to launch.
Sean Hanford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Episerver CMS

  • Innovation - EPiServer is constantly looking at ways to improve their product and partner with organizations that can develop add-ons to improve the overall features of the core platform. For Example: SilverPop (marketing automation) and Celum (digital asset management).
  • Content Management - It may seem obvious that a WCM product should manage content/reuse well; but, let's be honest, not all products do what they claim to do well. In this case, EPiServer understands the core functionality and has created product that is intuitive and exceeds customer expectations in this area.
  • Previews - EPiServer has built-in templates (emulators) that allow you to easily confirm how your content is going to be displayed on a variety of devices before you publish your content. This is advantageous as it eliminates the guess work and need to redo content (or even code) after you've gone to production because you weren't able to thoroughly test it before hand.
Jonathan Graham | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

  • Responses from tickets aren't always from the same person, and can vary in effectiveness of solving your problem
  • While documentation is robust, it can be difficult to find exactly what you need
  • Provided forums are not monitored frequently, and are not as useful as they could be
Eric Steinborn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Episerver CMS

  • The website, including the editing portion, seems to be down quite often - so that we cannot make changes - or it allows us to make changes but then doesn't properly save them.
  • Customer service and user support is lacking. We've reported problems to them, yet it never seems to get fixed.
Jenna Carpentier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP) 10.0
Based on 8 answers
As a Drupal Web Developer, I have not encountered or been exposed to any other hosting solution that could surpass the benefits of having a site hosted on Acquia Cloud. Although, for any side-project or low-cost freelance gigs, I cannot expect that I'll always have the option of recommending Acquia Cloud, and that's okay. While I am at work and trying to help our team gain more exposure to my companies' extensive list of clients, when we have the fortune of adding another Drupal-based client to our roster, getting those clients on Acquia Cloud makes every other aspect of building or modifying their school website that much easier
Sean Hanford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Episerver CMS

Episerver CMS 8.8
Based on 7 answers
The main reason would be because EPiServer is a great product and there aren't many other content management systems that are worth the effort it takes to re-implement an entire website on a new platform. EPiServer also seems to have a more modern approach to the features they offer and the overall design of the workarea so it's very likely that they will continue to improve in the future
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

If you're project requires a multisite architecture with scalable site deployment, and your budget allows, I would recommend Acquia. Acquia pricing sits more on an Enterprise level, so it is overwhelming if you're hosting a smaller site. Pantheon is much more suited for smaller, one-off, independent sites, and they provide similar tooling, availability, and free SSL with every site. If you need to control every aspect of your server environment and you have a server admin on staff, then Rackspace can provide you with an open hosting environment for you to configure yourself.
Kyle Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

Episerver CMS

Episerver outranks these products in most cases. There are some functions in each product that you would love in Episerver but when you sum it up Episerver is the greatest :)
Pär Wissmark | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

  • Our website isn't a revenue generator, so we don't have specific ROI calculations.
  • The new website is helping us move off of a legacy on-prem server environment. The reduction of cost in maintaining those will be beneficial.
  • We have had to invest in some training for our developers to learn Drupal.
Jim MacLeod | TrustRadius Reviewer

Episerver CMS

  • The cleanliness of the product is too damn good, hence efficiency is doubled and gets work done much faster and with a clean mind.
  • APIs and libraries or modules implementation is easy which helps during make/test setup time.
  • Nothing negative as such for now. We need to get more used to it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Pricing Details

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Episerver CMS

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
7.1
Episerver CMS
5.8

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
10.0
Episerver CMS
8.8

Usability

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Episerver CMS
8.0

Online Training

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Episerver CMS
5.5

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